My wife and I are keen to get a Mitcham BUG group going. If anyone lives or rides within Mitcham Council and is interested in joining to highlight the needs of cyclists to local or state government, please join the Mitcham BUG group page.
I've also started a facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/556359878092072/ if people prefer to use that platform.
At this stage we're planning on gauging response and we'll go from there.
Absolutely. I was actually thinking of a Mitcham and Hills BUG, but a much better solution is me supporting someone else organising it.
Hi Keith, Katie chair of the bicycle institute of SA here. So excited to see you starting a BUG! We are in the process of developing a set of tools to help people starting up. At this stage I have a paper from Port BUG on their structure and focus. Still waiting for info from West Side BUG who runs differently and successfully using an FB group. I will try to attach the doc here for your reference and otherwise do you have an email? We are working with a new Marion BUG, also interest from Mount Gambier, Campbelltown and Salisbury. Setting%20up%20a%20BUG%20Tips%20from%20Port%20BUG.pdf
Now is an excellent time to introduce yourself to council and start talking about cycling initiatives for the next budget.
If there is anything The Bicycle Institute of SA can help with please let us know. I am also happy to catch up and chat. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and mobile 0416294134
Good on you for getting this going. If you write something up I am happy to email it out to our members in the Mitcham area calling for them to join you too.
Hi Katie, thanks for the information. Its good to see other groups forming too! At this stage I'm aiming to build numbers and work out the best ways to get some discussion under way. The timing is indeed good with elections coming up and Keith has already made some contact with Council which is great.
It would be great to use your network at the bicycle instituet to reach some more potential members - I will draft something up and send it through. Thanks.
I will set up a dedicated email address for the group - email@example.com , but in the meantime facebook or this website are good ways to contact us for the moment.
Burley, A really good way to start is to just 'make a list' - especially in the absence of goals in a current bike plan! That is, a list of issues, maybe sorted into major/less major & urgent/short/medium/long term etc. It's something you could easily start on-line via a f/b group as Marion and Salisbury BUGs have done and continue to do...
Katie, re forming a new BUG
I coordinate a community-based BUG. Recently the new coordinator of a work-based BUG asked me for hints. My response included that there would be differences. For example, Adelaide BUG advocated re Frome Bikeway, but an ACC council BUG might concentrate on bicycle and cyclist facilities at the workplace.
Some (not all) SA work-based BUGs are listed at https://www.bicycleinstitutesa.com/bugs
Will any contribute to this discussion, either a post on AC forum or email to BISA?
Great initiative. As a resident of Eden Hills, I've been cycling in and around the Mitcham Hills for over 20 years and regularly commute down to the Plains via Shepherds Hill Rd, South Rd, Daws Rd, Winston Ave, East Ave then via the Bikeway to the City. I know that route very well and it's been two steps forward, one step back over the years. I can't promise to attend meetings, but would be keen to help where I can. cheers, Mark Parnell MLC, Greens SA. parnell[at]parliament.sa.gov.au
Thanks Mark. Appreciate the offer of your assistance. Once we get a bit more organised we'll be in touch. Cheers
I would be interested in joining.
Burley, you may find this helpful in initiating a BUG...
Here are a few extracts...
Getting Started. People often say ‘I don’t know where to start!’ Here are a few practical ideas which we hope may get the ball (wheel) rolling!
Don’t worry! Adelaide has been working on its ‘car dependence’ for a long time. Consequently the resulting imbalances in planning and investment – even on a localized scale - can feel overwhelming. We suggest just ‘think positive’, choose your goals and proceed step-by-step.
Get together and make a list! That is, a list of everything that you can see that needs to be done. The process here is just as important as getting it all down on paper – it’s important to confer with others and share points of view and experiences. This is how you can work out your priorities, start to identify solutions and figure out how to share tasks - who is best placed to do what.
Go out and take photos! Taking pictures gives you a chance to look more closely at your cycling environment. You start to notice things that you miss when you are just focused on staying upright. Take pictures of others using the roads and pathways. Think about illustrating the situations and infrastructure that concern you.
Share your experiences! It’s a confirming, encouraging and enriching process and everyone has something worth contributing. A Facebook Group works well too. As do regular get-togethers or meetings, preferably over a drink or a meal. Local restaurants and cafes love their BUGs!
Check things out thoroughly! Does your local Council have a bike plan or has it ever considered one? Has the bike plan been implemented (at all)? Is there someone responsible for reporting on this implementation and are annual reports available (check Council minutes)? If your BUG is in a workplace or school, go and talk to your boss or the Principal about things like bike parking, lockers, bike shelter and security, adequate lighting and access etc. Focus on the OH&S stuff and your welfare and happiness as an employee – that usually gets people interested! Make sure you tell people how alert and productive riding to work or to school makes you feel!
Be informed! Nothing influences decision makers like a few facts. And you’ll sound like an expert too! BISA and other cycling organisations have lots of good information on their web sites and news feeds. It’s not rocket science – just sensible and factual information about the benefits of bicycles and bike use, what cycling provisions work best, what cyclists need, why ‘bicycle is best’ and so on. Check out our resource pages!
I just joined Adelaide Cyclist to say "yes, I'm interested" and on joining I see there's a Mitcham BUG, which I promptly joined. Is that group going to continue or are you starting a new group??
We had a combined Mitcham / Unley BUG many years ago (I have meeting minutes up to 2008). We had good support from both councils in earlier years but with changes in staff (paid and elected) the support diminished in later years. We pushed for many years to get lighting along the West Unley Commuter Route by the tram tracks - glad to see that was eventually done.
Thanks for the reply.
I'll try and keep an eye on the facebook page but I'm not on facebook and don't intend joining.